Originally posted by Propulsion
So, for all you critics and debunkers...” do you believe there is life in our galaxy that may or may not be more intelligent than our own”?
Yes, I do.
If you say yes, how can you easily say there isn’t anything on Mars that would indicate life?
That's just it. I can't. However, given the chemical composition of Mars, what I don't expect is creatures that look even vaguely Earth-like. If
there had been large lifeforms, then I would expect that Mars would still have the equivalent of bacteria or simple life forms ("extremophiles"
they're called) long after the big ones had died off.
So far, we haven't seen any.
Is it because NASA told you so, or are you scared and in denial that maybe there is something out there other than us?
If you are scared, than that’s ok! It’s quite the mouthful to take in
I seriously doubt any debunkers are scared of aliens.
It boils down to "evidence."
It can be very hard to tell the difference between "fossils" and "funky rocks" -- and I'm speaking as someone who's done dinosaur digs and who
works preparing fossils (dinosaurs, in fact.) Ancient bones eroding from a landscape don't look as nice as that "vertebra" UNLESS
a recent catastrophe (earthquake, flood, etc) that suddenly stripped the soil off the bones and left them bare.
The material from the Woodbine formation in Arlington, for example, is buried beneath a lot of soil and when it's exposed, it's just a white crumbly
mess that you have to stabilize with Butvar glue. Skeletons like Jurassic Park or the one from Star Wars just don't look like that in real life. So
a skeleton that had been fossilized, buried in rock, and then exposed to the wind and sand is NOT going to look like much of anything above ground.
Below ground, yes. Above it, no. The sands will sand blast it to pieces.
And frankly, we don't know how big the thing is or what the color is.
Secondly, in this case, the post that announced "I ran this by a paleontologist" gave a response that was VERY out of character for a paleontologist
(at least, it'd be out of character for the dozen or so that I know.)
So I see "evidence that doesn't fit what I know about bones and erosion" and "evidence that is demanding that we believe one interpretation" and
"some very peculiar and out-of-character responses from an alleged professional."
I'd dearly love to meet some aliens and I would totally be all over an alien life form. But I want it to be a REAL alien and not wishful thinking --
so I want a real expert (instead of an enthusiastic novice) pointing out anomalies (a "real expert" to me would be someone who had done field work
in paleo or archaeo and who knew chemistry, rock formations, and anatomy.)